The Cameron University Department of English and Foreign Languages continues the Visiting Writers Series with poet Phil Estes on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. The event is open to the public at no charge.
Estes, an Ohio native, earned a Ph. D. in poetry from Oklahoma State University. His first book of poems, “High Life,” was published by Horse Less Press in 2016. He is on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University’s School of Literature and Language. Estes also the author of three chapbooks: “Gem City/Fountain City,” “Children of Reagan” and “Slowjams”. His work has appeared in “Action Yes,” “Diagram,” “Lungfull,” “West Wind Review,” “Willow Springs” and others.
Poet and translator Johannes Goransson, an assistant professor of English at Notre Dame, says of “High Life”: “Phil Estes’ poems start out as slacker jokes but then they go wrong. Sometimes they go so wrong that they become frightening and politically charged or become beautiful meditations on art. Or do both at the same time. ‘Mmm-hmm’ has never sounded as prophetic and poetic as in these snippets from a scary-funny middle America. Let’s call him the Mallarme of the Strip Mall.”
Estes’ appearance is made possible by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts.
March 10, 2017